Finding Our Brave Space
The art class allows us to radically re-imagine places, providing an opportunity to create brave spaces that critically analyze what ideas we emphasize, whose stories we celebrate, and who is allowed to challenge our views. We can give ourselves permission to create ecosystems based on mutual aid, quenching the longing for meaningful connections, and dig deep into the roots of critical love and understanding.
William Estrada, BFAAE, MAAE, is an arts educator and multidisciplinary artist. His art and teaching is a collaborative discourse that critically re-examines public and private spaces with people to engage in radical imagination. He has presented in various panels regarding community programming, arts integration, and social justice curricula. He is currently a Visual Arts Teacher at Telpochcalli Elementary and faculty at the School of Art and Art History at University of Illinois at Chicago. His current research is focused on developing community based and culturally relevant projects that center power structures of race, economy, and cultural access in contested spaces that provide a space to collectively imagine just futures.
The 2021 NAEA National Convention will be held Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 4:00 – 5:30pm ET via Zoom. This is a ticketed event, open to all [VIRTUAL] NAEA National Convention attendees. Tickets will be available for purchase soon.